Loras Returns to National Semifinals with Four-Goal Flurry
Nov. 24, 2008
Dubuque, Iowa - The Loras College men's soccer team became the final team to punch their ticket to Greensboro, North Carolina on Sunday night with a 4-1 win over the Ohio Northern University Polar Bears. A pair of Duhawks put home two goals apiece in the second half. Sophomore midfielder Miguel Bonilla (Cali, Colombia) scored the first two for Loras and junior forward Justin McCord (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge HS) closed the door on the Polar Bears.
A scoreless game at the half, Loras and Ohio Northern combined for five goals in the second 45 minutes. Ohio Northern junior goalkeeper Aaron Collins (Dayton, OH/Carroll HS) made two saves in the first half. The only required in the first half by Loras was a ball taken off the line by defender Tom Jennings (Moline, Ill./Alleman HS). Things heated up in the second half as the teams combined for 16 shots. Loras' sophomore goalkeeper Nate DuBois (Lemont, Ill./Lemont HS) made three saves in the game.
Bonilla opened the scoring in the 49th minute when he headed home a Santiago Mejia (Cali, Colombia) free kick. He struck again ten minutes later off a cross from Justin McCord. Polar Bears defender Abrim Mueller (Uniontown, OH/Walsh Jesuit HS) brought the visiting fans to their feet with a brilliant 25-yard strike that cut the lead back down to one in the 61st minute.
Twenty-one minutes later, McCord (pictured) joined Bonilla in the goal-scoring column with a breakaway chance that he took around Collins to extend the lead to 3-1 in favor of the home side. A nearly identical play developed six minutes later when McCord sealed the victory for the Duhawks with just 1:26 on the clock. Bonilla and McCord lead the Duhawks with 18 and 11 goals, respectively. Mejia tallied his 17th assist with his restart in the second half that opened the scoring.
Ohio Northern ends their season 20-6-1 after making their deepest run into the tournament in program history. Loras heads to the semifinals against Messiah with a 20-4-1 record. They are 9-2-1 all time in NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championships matches, including 5-0 at home over the last two seasons. Loras hosted opening round wins over Greenville and Dominican in Dubuque before knocking out Augsburg Saturday and Ohio Northern on Sunday.